At Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, we are determined to help you get the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you need. Because our legal team has a century of combined experience representing disabled and elderly clients just like you, we have an in-depth understanding of the claims process and the requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). We can quickly evaluate your situation and determine if you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). And if your claim is denied, we can help you file an appeal to have your application re-evaluated by different examiners.
If you become disabled before the age of retirement, you may be eligible to receive SSDI. However, for the SSA to accept your application, you must meet certain criteria, including these:
The SSA does not pay out benefits to claimants who are partially disabled or suffer a short-term disability. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your circumstances so we can help you assemble the relevant medical records and file your application completely and accurately, increasing your chancing of receiving benefits.
Supplemental Security Income benefits are based on income rather than work history, so these benefits are available to disabled adults and children with a very limited income. To qualify, you must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled” and have little or no income and less than $2,000 in assets. Claimants who have worked long enough may be able to collect both SSDI and SSI benefits depending on their income level. We understand that these payments are essential for people in great financial and physical distress, so we help clients file SSI claims and appeal denials.
Many initial SSD claims are denied, so there is no reason to give up if yours is among them. Even if someone else helped you to submit your claim, we can review it and file a request for reconsideration. Should this effort fail, our recourse is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ), where you can present additional evidence and further explain your initial claim. If the ALJ denies your claim, you still have the option of filing an appeal with the Social Security Appeals Council and, ultimately, in federal court. We will be with you each step of the way to help you get the payments you need and deserve.
Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC provides trusted guidance for all SSD matters in Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. Please call 608-433-0305 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our La Crosse office today.